Husband will tell you that I am very addicted to the Food Network. I could watch the Barefoot Contessa and Paula Deen all dang day long and never be bored (only increasingly hungry). One chef I do not admire so much is Semi Homemade maven Sandra Lee. She reminds me a little too much of a creepy aunt of mine, and to be frank, her recipes are not normally up my alley. However, this pork chop recipe has been in my personal catalog for quite awhile and came from her “Semi-Homemade” magazine. Unlike many of her other recipes that use gross and unnecessary store bought ingredients, this meal is fresh and easy. As I don’t have the magazine, below is how I’ve been making them for years.
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard (yes, break it out. You don’t want to use regular mustard here)
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- Salt and Pepper
- Parmesan Cheese
- Center cut pork chops
- Preheat your over to 400* and line a pan with tinfoil. Pam for good measure.
- Thoroughly mix together the Olive Oil and Dijon mustard. You want them completely combined and thickened. Add the Italian Seasoning. If you like a little more flavor, add more of a heaping teaspoon. I prefer this way.
- Salt and pepper both sides of the chops, and cover both sides in this mixture. Press Parmesan cheese into both sides as well.
- Bake around 15 minutes until done. The oil/Dijon mix makes this really juicy and nearly impossible to dry out.
That’s it! Super easy and moist chops in just about 20 minutes total. Excellent flavor. I paired mine tonight with a easy roasted potato recipe I had pinned awhile back on Pinterest. The original source show beautifully thin slices of potato; as I am not a celebrity chef or in possession of a mandolin, mine were a little thicker and not as crispy as the original appears. However, Husband and I still loved them with the meal. I love that both the chops and potatoes have the same flavoring on them and both use Parmesan cheese. I think this makes a coherent meal and it’s super cheap to use premade Italian seasoning. No need to buy each herb and assemble yourself, but I think you could use any herb you really loved on the potatoes to compliment any meal. I will definitely make them again. Lord knows you can’t go wrong with starches.
Now, something I feel compelled to talk about may see silly to some but it’s something I’ve really had to learn as I’ve totally taken over cooking duties (let’s face it, Husband didn’t exactly take Home Ec at West Point…). When I first started cooking a lot more for my family in preparation of cooking for Husband, I had a really hard time making sure everything was ready on time. I’d have veggies steamed before my meat was anywhere near done, or still be chopping when the timer was going off…frustrating to no end. However, I’ve gotten so much better I felt like I should share my timeline of this meal.
To start, I preheated the oven to 400* and prepared the pans. Next, I sliced the potatoes and mixed them with their seasoning. Since they are supposed to be cooked at 425* degrees and that’s way too hot for the chops, I went ahead and put them in on the TOP rack while I mixed the oil/Dijon sauce for the pork. I put that in the oven on the BOTTOM rack and set the timer for 15 minutes. My oven here is like Hades on Earth, and the potatoes did very well on the top while the chops cooked a little slower on the bottom. The 15 minutes gave me plenty of time to clean all the prep dishes involved in making the meal. When the timer went off, I added the cheese to the potatoes and switched the pans for the last 5 or so minutes. The cheese melted on the potatoes and the chops got a little more browned, just like we like. Everything was done together and perfectly cooked!
I hope that helped out some people! Tomorrow I’ll be making Ritz Cracker chicken and those good ole roasted green beans (hey, Husband is picky. I get veggies in him when I can) so come back for that recipe!
I’d also like to shout out to everyone reading this blog…today I passed 500 views since I started writing! I know that seems like diddly squat to some bloggers and readers, but I never thought anyone would read the rambling of a random girl! :)